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09/22/2010

Audio: And next they'll accuse us of plying Kate Gosselin with fertility drugs

by Jeremy Hooper

Oh hell no, Focus on the Family! You are not going to pin TLC's new heterosexual polygamy show on us:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: TLC Reality Show Highlights Polygamy [FOTF]

Wait, is the show making these connections or is Jeff Johnston (an "ex-gay" whose FOTF beat is most always LGBT issues)? Because in reality: Polygamy exists because human potential exists! Polygamous unions have a recorded history because recorded history exists! The possibility of polygamous marriage exist because a custom known as marriage exists -- not because same-sex marriage in particular has proven itself to be a worthy civil reality! There is absolutely no need to invoke the fight for two-person marriage equality when talking about this complete other kind of relational setup.

In terms of legality: Any change to the way this or any other nation recognizes civil marriage is to be decided ON. THE. MERITS. OF. THE. INDIVIDUAL. CASE! Pro-polygamy activists have every right to contend in court, with their representative, and with the public at large. But their burden will be to present legally sound arguments that hold muster under constitutional law. Their basis will come from a "slippery slope" dating back to the discovery of sex and the creation of a civil marriage system, not back to 2003's Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health!

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Oh, and considering TLC is the network of Sarah Palin and the Duggars, perhaps these social conservatives want to rethink their claims about TLC's strategy of "pushing the envelope."

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*EARLIER: We predicted they'd try to pin it on us: TLC's slippery slope: Duggars lead to polygamy [G-A-Y]

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